Octomore Edition 08.1 Masterclass / 167 PPM

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
08 years old
1st Fill American Oak Casks
Number of bottles
59.3 % Vol.
200 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 750 ml
Bottle code
L/161455 17/180
Added on
19 Jul 2017 4:41 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 139,28

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Whisky Reviews for Octomore Edition 08.1 Masterclass / 167 PPM

47 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.12 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Immediately after pouring me powerful smoke billow with honey-sweet accents. The high alcohol content (59.3%) ensures a cooling freshness - without burning or stinging in the nose. I place the intense smoke note in the direction of the campfire, with plenty of ashes and a light tar note. The eight-year aging in first fill bourbon barrels has left its mark: behind the smoke are rich notes of vanilla and caramel, sweet honey, light fruits (sweetened tangerines), freshly cut lemons / limes and maritime notes.
    • Taste
      Wonderfully oily, with almost buttery texture, the Octomore floods my mouth. In the front area, especially on the cheeks and the tongue spreads an intense sweetness. On the tip of the tongue it begins to quake briefly at the first sip, almost 60% alcohol content and 167ppm phenol content set a striking exclamation point. The powerful smoke (campfire, ash & tar) is initially dominant, but leaves the vanilla sweetness, the slightly floral notes and bright fruit enough space for development. Caramel sweets, tangerine cake with sweet cake, honey and citrus fruits are present. Subtle hints of nuts, very delicate oak wood aromas and maritime notes (especially salt and a little bit of lime) complete the taste profile. A slight dryness already develops on the palate.
    • Finish
      Long, warm and sweet and smoky. The thick smoke billows gradually become drier and displace after some time the honey-sweet aromas and bright fruits. For the first time, spicy oak notes sparkle more intensely, but remain in a rather restrained extent. Salty milk chocolate and campfire smoke let the malt finish elegantly for several minutes. The palate gets drier.

  2. ARDBERG scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Bang and boom. Fuller than the 6.1 or 7.1. Very good intensity and very modern.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. zaphod155 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Round and harmonious in the nose, slightly more character in the mouth. Again, sweeter than smoky. Again very successful
    • Nose
      Honey sweet vanilla. Well integrated, pleasant smokes. Maritime and then slightly phenolic flavors. Fresh citrus notes of lemons and tangerines. Milk chocolate is added. A very harmonious overall aroma.
    • Taste
      Strong sea breeze, properly peppered, and burned wood. Here he has more edges than in the nose. The sweetness and the vanilla come through. It may also be some coffee.
    • Finish
      Long. Warming with a smoky sweetness.

  4. Gere scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Less smoky than expected, very fine (less powerful) for an Octomore. 8 years in the barrel have tamed the wild horse a bit.
    • Nose
      First, a very pleasant smoky nose comes up, followed by vanilla notes and citrus fruits. In the background I perceive light licorice scent. Despite the almost 60% he is very fine in the nose.
    • Taste
      First a warming sweetness storms into the palate followed by light woody and smoky notes. The alcohol is slowly noticeable on the tongue tip but still very pleasant
    • Finish
      Immediately after swallowing, the alcohol is the most noticeable, a nice residual sweetness then comes out and gives way to the smoky woody notes. Slowly, the palate dries up and there is still some delicately sweet smoke hanging. gloriously

  5. Bona scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    N: quite fresh, less smoke than expected, peaty, some sea, vanilla, citrus notes M: The beast strikes. The smoke glows on the tongue. Light spice and a lot of phenolic. The Alk is strong, but not biting, goes well in spite of 59% and. A little lemon, green apple, ashes, vanilla, a little sugary, but more on the spicy than sweet side A: Nothing new, except that the ash and wort strike again and fade away with a slight dryness. Fruit only completely removed. The smoke will stay for a while. Nice part- the price out of consideration. Of course very expensive for 8Y. But also delicious. The Alk is top integrated and never looks snappy. A little bit of complexity is missing, but at 8Y Bourboncask I do not expect that either.
    I do not feel the smoke more violently than with Laphi CS, so the PPM does not really notice. However, I like the Laddie smoke anyway very well. 85P

  6. theograph scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A wonderful malt! Something buttery and "green" (especially the green pepper and the basil) has not yet come to me;
    • Nose
      Butter and oil, vanilla, butter biscuit, puff pastry, cinnamon, nutmeg, followed by a strong "vegetative" impression: greens, celery, zucchini, green pepper, very restrained smoke, altogether very subtle in the aromas, distinguished and reserved!
    • Taste
      Strong! Vanilla, smoke and grated lemon! Melted brown butter, a lot of vanilla, wood freshly inserted with oil, lots of greens, this time olives and basil! In the background, mineral and calcareous. Smoky yes, but not very strong or extreme!
    • Finish
      Warming, herbs and greens, very balanced and absolutely mouth-filling!

  7. schengel10 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The 1st Fill Ex Bourbon barrels are absolutely formative in this already very good 8 year old Octomore.
    [Color] honey;
    • Nose
      strong, strong and yet very pleasant smoke, cereals, malt, citrus, sweetness (honey), a lot of vanilla;
    • Taste
      mW: intense, very fruity (yellow fruit), soft, buttery, clearly vanilla, muesli, cereals, honey; there is a powerful smoke note above everything;
    • Finish
      good medium length, smoky finish; very, very sweet aftertaste;

  8. aksm_be scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Ostfriese scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    It is certainly not "ultra complex", but the intense and finely woven aromas speak for it. The composition is right! Nothing seems fake and the intense smoke also fits nicely into the aroma play. I find a very good drop.
    • Nose
      A mighty bonfire burns on the beach. The smoke of the fire carries sparks and ashes as it mixes with a cool, fresh sea breeze. The smell of damp earth accompanied by peat moss and sea grass. In the background there are hints of tar and iodine. Honey sweetness and oranges accompanied by vanilla and citrus flavors. Coffee and roasted flavors accompanied by fudge.
    • Taste
      Amazingly soft start for 59.3 vol%, then the powerful smoke explodes in the mouth, but it is by no means unpleasant, on the contrary, I like it. Bit by bit fruity aromas emerge, blood oranges, melons, peaches and pineapples that are accompanied by a slightly salty note. Pleasant maritime notes are gradually replaced by oak that mixes with honey sweetness. They are followed by walnuts, vanilla and marzipan. Citrus aromas and coffee with milk make up the end.
    • Finish
      Warming and getting slightly dryer. The mighty smoke is still present in the mouth and throat. In the background, tar and hints of iodine, accompanied by the sweet oak, which was already present in the taste, are pleasantly present, while light herbal notes and peat moss push forward. All these aromas are intensely interwoven with the smoke.

  10. AdamsB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    OCTOMORE FARM ON THE RHINNS OF ISLAY IS A REMOTE, WILD PLACE LOCATED HIGH ON A HILL ABOVE THE VILLAGE OF PORT CHARLOTTE. The word Octomore means “the big eighth” and is derived from a medieval division of common ground.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Smoke, tar, peat ash hint of muddiness/wet peat moss. Candied orange, pepper, chocolate, macaroon, vanilla fudge and lemon .
    • Taste
      87 87
      Liquid gold, so and delicate texture from slow distillation. Fruit & smoke combination. Salt spray, ozone fresh, oak vanilla, fudge, marzipan and walnut. Melon and citrus come through on a floral.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Dry peat smoke, iodine and oak. Hints of mint and bog myrtle fade with the lingering peat smoke, as ever, the last flavour to go.


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